tapas dish, numero dos: gambas pil pil

I’m not a lover of seafood, so when I make anything with fish or shellfish, it’s a treat for Mr Greedy. This is such a popular tapas dish that I had to make it for him – plus, it’s so easy! A couple of minutes prep to slice the ingredients is all you need.



6 tbsp olive oil

4 x garlic cloves, minced

1 x red chilli, finely sliced

300g fresh prawns

1/2 tsp smokey paprika

1 x lemon, cut into wedges

small handful of fresh parsley leaves, 2 x garnish

salt and pepper, to taste

serves 2-4


  1. heat the olive oil over a medium-high heat in a saucepan. add the garlic and chillies (they should sizzle when added to the oil) and fry until the garlic turns a golden colour.
  2. stir in the paprika to form a paste and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. add the prawns – again you should be greeted with an almighty sizzle – and fry until cooked through. this won’t take long so keep an eye on them!
  4. remove from the heat and stir through a squeeze of lemon, then season to taste.
  5. serve with the fresh lemon wedges and a generous scattering of parsley.

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